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Buffalo Bills Have A Few Starters In Need Of Competition

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: Kirk Morrison #58 of the Buffalo Bills rushes in to sack John Beck #12 of the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. Buffalo won 23-0.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: Kirk Morrison #58 of the Buffalo Bills rushes in to sack John Beck #12 of the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. Buffalo won 23-0. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Quite frequently, I am asked the following question: which current projected starter for the Buffalo Bills has the least amount of job security? Or, put differently, for which projected starter do the Bills most need to provide competition for the job?

This year, I'm going with Kirk Morrison as a response to that question. (Chris Hairston is an obvious go-to answer, as well, but we've already discussed the offensive line this morning.)

There's been nothing wrong with Buffalo's approach to stockpiling defensive talent for Dave Wannstedt's 4-3 defense. The focus has been on the defensive line, and that's the proper place to start. The team could use some reinforcements in the secondary, as well, and those are expected to come in the draft. Plus, with an increased emphasis on sub-package defenses that take a linebacker (or two) off the field, the lack of emphasis on linebacker is appropriate.

That said, the Bills would do well to find a linebacker with speed to challenge the heady and productive Morrison for a starting job. Speed is something that the Bills generally lack at linebacker, where Nick Barnett and converted safety Bryan Scott are the only coverage-capable players. Morrison signed an inexpensive two-year contract to maintain his penciled-in status as a starter, but the team will be better off with more talented depth behind him.

Who would you be looking to push, Bills fans?